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Dr Anna Hopkins


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5718, Mobile: 040250848, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.331
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5718
Mobile: 040250848
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.331  


Annais a Lecturer in conservation biology and environmental science in the Schoolof Science. Anna is the course coordinator for Masters by coursework programmesin the Science Discipline.

Current Teaching


J48Master of Environmental Science

L86Master of Environmental Management

S01Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management

F78Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management


SCI6104Environmental Management Project


2013-present: Research Associate, Centre for Climate Change,Forest and Woodland Health, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

2010-2013: Researcher, Department of Forest Mycology andPlant Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

2006-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, Scion (New Zealand ForestResearch Institute), Rotorua, New Zealand

2006: Associate Lecturer in Plant Pathology, University ofTasmania, Hobart, Australia

2003-2006: Sessional Lecturer, University of Tasmania,Hobart, Australia

Awards and Recognition

National and International

  • 2010:     Finalist for the New Zealand Zonta Women in Science Award 2010.
  • 2009:     Best New Presenter Award, 2009 New Zealand Plant Protection Society     Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • 2006:     Best Poster in Biodiversity & Conservation, International Mycological     Congress 8, Cairns, Australia.
  • 2003:     Awarded second place in student poster competition, 34th Australian     Entomological Society and 6th Invertebrate Biodiversity Conference.     Hobart, Tasmania.

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2006:     Teaching Merit Certificate, University of Tasmania.

National and International Research Positions

  • 2014-present:     Deputy coordinator, International Union of Forest Research Organisations     (IUFRO) Working Party 7.03.04 Diseases     and Insects in Forest Nurseries.
  • 2011-2013:     Short-term Scientific Mission Coordinator and Steering Committee Member,     European Union COST Action Determining     invasiveness and risk of Dothistroma (DIAROD)
  • 2010-2013:     member, European Union Framework Seven project ISEFOR: Increasing sustainability of European     forests: Modelling for security against invasive pests and pathogens under     climate change.
  • 2010-2012:     member, Future Forests research group: Sustainable     strategies under uncertainty and risk (Sweden)

Research Areas and Interests

Iam a conservation biologist and fungal ecologist, with experience working withsoil microbes, plant-fungal-fauna interactions and fungal plant pathogens ineucalypt and other broadleaved forests and pine plantations in both Australasiaand Scandinavia. More recent interests include understanding the link betweenmycorrhizal fungi, fauna conservation and plant ecology, and usingnext-generation sequencing of microbes to answer broad ecological andmanagement-based questions.

Currentresearch projects include:

  • Overcoming challenges to post-mining land use on Christmas Island: Soil microbial diversity
    Katinka Ruthrof, Anna Hopkins, Sophie De Meyer, Neale Bougher, Graham O’Hara, John Howieson & Giles Hardy.
  • High-throughput sequencing reveals a marked diversity of fungi spread by a common biopedturbator
    Anna Hopkins, Natasha Tay, Gillian Bryant, Treena Burgess, Halina Kobryn, Giles Hardy & Trish Fleming. Supported by the City of Mandurah
  • Scats as mycorrhizal inoculum to improve seedling health
    Natasha Tay, Anna Hopkins, Treena Burgess, Giles Hardy & Trish Fleming.  Supported by the City of Mandurah
  • Translocating keystone species – ectomycorrhizal fungal assemblages in the presence of a native digging mammal
    Shannon Dundas, Anna Hopkins, Katinka Ruthrof, Treena Burgess, Giles Hardy & Trish Fleming.  Murdoch University Small Grant
  • Does it matter who digs? Examining the microscale impact of digging using multiple animal species
    Anna Hopkins, Shannon Dundas, Katinka Ruthrof, Lara Osborne, Treena Burgess, Giles Hardy & Trish Fleming. Murdoch University Small Grant
  • Microbial diversity in ephemeral rock pools in northern Kimberley
    Anna Hopkins, Christina Birnbaum, Treena Burgess, Deepak Kumaresan, Ben Grez, Andy Whiteley, Matthew Barrett & Adam Cross.  Murdoch University Small Grant
  • Impact of drought on soil fungi in the jarrah forest
    Anna Hopkins, Katinka Ruthrof, Treena Burgess, Giles Hardy, Joe Fontaine.  Murdoch University Small Grant
  • The effects of experimental warming on rhizosphere fungal composition in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem
    Christina Birnbaum, Anna Hopkins, Joe Fontaine, Neale Enright.


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Western Australia, 2008.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, 2007.
  • Diploma of Modern Languages, The University of Western Australia, 2002.


Recent Research Grants

  • Understanding soil microbial community shifts in response to fire and weed invasions in urban banksia woodlands,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2018 - 2021,  $129,500.
  • Harnessing the microbes associated with soil water repellency to enhance plant survival and growth,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2017 - 2018,  $88,626.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Oliva, J., Boberg, J., Hopkins, A., Stenlid, J., (2013), Concepts of Epidemiology of Forest Diseases. Infectious Forest Diseases, 1-28, Italy, CABI.

Journal Articles

  • Ruthrof, KX., Fontaine, JB., Hopkins, A., McHenry, M., O'Hara, G., McComb, J., Hardy, G., Howieson, J., (2018), Potassium amendment increases biomass and reduces heavy metal concentrations in Lablab purpureus after phosphate mining. Land Degradation and Development, 1(1), 1-10, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2866.
  • Tay, N., Hopkins, A., Ruthrof, K., Burgess, T., Hardy, G., Fleming, P., (2018), The tripartite relationship between a bioturbator, mycorrhizal fungi, and a key Mediterranean forest tree. Austral Ecology: a journal of ecology in the Southern Hemisphere, 111(111), 111, Australia, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., DOI: 10.1111/aec.12598.
  • Power, MW., Hopkins, A., Chen, J., Bengtsson, SB., Vasaitis, R., Cleary, MR., (2017), European Fraxinus species introduced into New Zealand retain many of their native endophytic fungi. Baltic Forestry, 23(1), 74-81.
  • Klapwijk, MJ., Hopkins, A., Eriksson, L., Pettersson, M., Schroeder, M., Lindelow, A., Ronnberg, J., Keskitalo, EC., Kenis, M., (2016), Reducing the risk of invasive forest pests and pathogens: Combining legislation, targeted management and public awareness. Ambio, 45(2016), S223-S234, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0748-3.
  • Millberg, H., Hopkins, A., Boberg, J., Davydenko, K., Stenlid, J., (2016), Disease development of Dothistroma needle blight in seedlings of Pinus sylvestris and Pinus contorta under Nordic conditions. Forest Pathology, 46(5), 515-521, Blackwell Verlag gmbH, DOI: 10.1111/efp.12242.
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